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Top Tips on mastering the perfect up-dos

In need of a new style this weekend? Then look no further than a classic up-do! They are the perfect solution to all your hair dilemmas- if you are going to a party, wedding, chilling at home or just want to hide greasy hair; an up-do is the answer!

From a braided bun to a quick twist, there are so many stunning ways to wear your hair up. Below, hair stylist to the stars Asgar Saboo offers his take on the perfect up-dos, with step-by-step tips on achieving his top 3 looks!

The Messy Top Knot

This look is everywhere – and it's easy to see why! A messy bun is the perfect way to look glamorous, without looking like you tried too hard. Mastering this simple style will make you the queen of effortless chic!

Top Tip: This look works best when your hair isn't ‘too clean'. Don't be afraid to try out this style on your hair's second or third day unwashed! Trust us- your hair will stay in place for much longer, and with this look you really don't need to look that polished! If your hair is clean, add salt spray to replicate this texture.

1. Gather your hair loosely into a high ponytail

2.Take a comb and gently back combe the ponytail to tease out extra volume

3.Pull your hair halfway through your elastic hair tie to form a bun

4.Make sure you don't pull all the hair though – leave it as a loop with some extra hair showing. This adds to the desired messy look, and the excess strands will come in useful when hiding the elastic

5.Pull a few strands out of the bun to finish off the messy look and spritz with a medium hold hairspray to secure

The Twist

This elegant style works on all hair lengths, and is so simple to replicate in just 3 steps! Perfect for all occasions, this look can be worn for everyday or glammed up with a glitzy hair clip!

Top Tip: Before styling, prep your hair with mousse or salt spray when it's damp to create movement. Then, blow-dry your hair upside down to maximise volume!

1.Split the hair roughly into 2 sections, then take the left part and twist it from your ear into the middle of your head. Pin this in place with bobby pins

2.Repeat with the right section, making sure to direct the twist slightly upwards and pin it on top of the first twist

3.If the twists feel too tight, loosen them as much as you want and pull out a couple of strands to frame your face for a more relaxed look. Finally, spray with light hold hairspray and add your sparkler to finish!

The Braid Wrapped Bun

This simple style can spice up a plain bun when you want to a go for a look that's a bit more WOW! No one will be able to believe you when you tell them you did it yourself. But trust me – it really is simple!

Top Tip: This style works best on super straight hair, so make sure you use lots of product to leave your locks silky and smooth. Use deep conditioner and hair oils such as argan before straightening, to protect your hair and leave it straight for longer.

1. Pull your hair into a low ponytail and sweep it to the side, securing it with discreet elastic

2.Pull out a strand of hair from the elastic, roughly 5cm wide and tightly plait it

3.Wind the remaining ponytail into a bun and hold in place with bobby pins- use a hair donut if you want a neater look

4.Wrap the plait around the bun and secure with a small bobby pin before spritzing with hair spray to ensure your hair stays perfect all night!

Author: Asgar Saboo

A renowned figure among celebrities and a regular on red carpets, the name Asgar Saboo is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair. He is trusted by supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy, Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, as well as A-list stars including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and legend Rekha. His name is tantamount with cutting-edge and sophisticated hairstyles and his hair creations have been showcased at glittering premieres, showbiz events and multiple awards ceremonies. Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s wax work figure at London’s prestigious Madame Tussauds. The UK based hair maestro has worked his magic on scores of celebrities and dignitaries the world over, making the front covers of several leading fashion magazines and item publications. He is pivotal in the styling of business moguls, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and royalty, such as members of the Sultan of Brunei’s household and is sought after by the top names in the film, Royal and fashion fraternities.

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